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Rick Wilkes
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Aurora SBC-3 Helldiver

June 7, 2013 · in Aviation · · 17 · 4.1K

Out of the box expect for the prop which was lost, raised detail removed and marking from Yellow Wings Decal sheet for the movie Dive Bomber. Purchased in 1984 finished in 2007.

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17 responses

  1. Nice work! That's something we don't see everyday.

  2. Stellar build, Rick...that looks great!

  3. Good looking "Silver Wings" aircraft

  4. beautiful...i can see king kong swatting at them right now

  5. Knowing full well what this kit looked like in the box, you did a magnificent job. I wish this a/c would be re-done in 1/48 up to todays standards. Also your space stuff is "out of this world" ... Sorry, it begged to be said.

    • I agree. We need a new mold SBC. The Classic Airframes SBC-4 was one of the few kits that defeated me.

      • I think the SBDC-3/4 kits were the worst CA ever did, and that is saying something. I managed to complete them, but wooooooo...

        • Tom, that's not very I have a CA SBC-4 I'm battling mostly just to have a side by side comparison. I wish I'd hung on to my Serria Scale Vac kit of the -4 now, can't find one of those now for love or money

  6. great job on a tough kit and thanks Frank I was gonna say that lol

  7. Thanks for the kind words guys, I appreciate it

  8. Why on earth would you waste your time on such an old...wait a minute...that looks like a nice airplane model. In fact it looks like a nice representation of a Helldiver. And I'll bet you had FUN doing it, too, didn't ya? NICE

  9. Thinking back to what came in the box, that model is EXCELLENT.

  10. Outstanding work, Rick! I wish I could find one of these old Aurora kits. I think I'd rather try building one of these than tackling the Classic Airframes SBC in my stash...

  11. BEAUTIFUL Rick! I'm looking for a lower right wing to this kit. Anyone start one and junk it? Jerry

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    • Thanks Jerry,
      Sorry I can’t help you out on the lower right wing. I only had the one kit.
      One thing I do remember is that Tamiya cement didn’t even dent the plastic. I ended up using Testors tube/liquid cement and a lot super glue and talc around the struts.

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